2012 Gilera GP800
A powerful 75 HP 90° V-twin, 839
cc, 4 valves per cylinder, a double cradle steel frame,
a motorcycling type of swingarm and chain final drive:
these are the special ingredients for the most powerful
and fastest scooter in the world.
The most powerful on-road machine produced
by Gilera simply defies definition.
The power of its amazing 75 bhp engine is tamed
by a superbly rigid frame and transmitted to the road
by a unique chassis. The Gilera GP 800 offers all
the comfort and convenience of a scooter around town,
plus the performance of a true sport tourer on the
open road. And when stationary, the GP 800’s
aggressive beauty simply exudes power and technology.
The Gilera GP 800 has been created to amaze.
And amaze it does, from the very first glance. The
GP 800’s impressive, dynamic and clean lines
are inspired by the best Italian motorcycling traditions.
The chassis features a double cradle, steel tube frame.
The 90° V twin engine boasts electronic ignition,
4 valves per cylinder, and liquid cooling. This engine
marks a turning point in scooter evolution, and gives
the Gilera GP 800 the sort of performance that no
other scooter can rival. The GP 800 is designed uncompromisingly,
to satisfy the most demanding sport tourer rider.
The Gilera GP 800 is designed for the rider who wants
all the practicality of a scooter but longs for the
sort of performance and emotions that until now only
a motorcycle could hope to deliver.
Even urban commuting becomes a whole new, thrilling
and satisfying experience. The Gilera GP 800 boasts
the unbeatable usability of a scooter, thanks to elegant,
stylish and classical sporting lines, great manoeuvrability,
automatic CVT transmission with plenty of engine braking,
perfect ergonomics and the carrying capacity of the
classic under-seat storage compartment.
But the destiny of the Gilera GP 800 is sure to be
determined by its unique performance. Power, top speed,
and acceleration are all unprecedented, so it’s
only natural to look beyond the city for satisfaction.
The Gilera GP 800’s advanced engine and chassis
really show their mettle on country roads, opening
up new horizons for medium and long range touring.On
the open road, the excellent protection afforded by
the leg shield and electrically adjustable windshield
deliver unrivalled comfort for rider and passenger.
Motorways to the beach, mountain passes, and twisting
country roads – the world in front of the Gilera
GP 800 knows no frontiers.
THE ONLY ENGINE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD
Everything about the Gilera GP 800 has been designed,
developed and made to rule the road. Each individual
stylistic choice and technical solution speaks of
a revolutionary machine, conceived around the first
ever 90° V twin scooter engine, and designed to
dominate the world of scooters. The 839.3 cc engine
features liquid cooling, Magneti Marelli electronic
fuel injection, a single cam, 4 valves per cylinder
and twin spark ignition. It develops a mighty 75 bhp
at the crank with a torque of 73 Nm, 95% of which
is already available at 3,500 rpm. These specifications
are totally unique in the scooter world. On the road
they translate into an extraordinary reserve of constantly
available power and a uniquely smooth ride. Thanks
to CVT (continuously variable transmission) with engine
braking effect, urban commuting is effortless and
relaxing, with the ideal ratio automatically selected.
But when the road leaves the town and opens up, the
GP 800’s V twin engine really comes into its
own, placing Gilera’s flagship scooter in a
class of its own.
The Gilera GP 800 engine features dry sump lubrication,
and is secured rigidly to the frame by vibration-damping
rubber mountings. Final drive can therefore be entrusted
to a robust but sophisticated, Regina Z-ring sealed
The exhaust system is totally decoupled from the
frame to minimise vibrations. This 2-in-1 system terminates
in an aggressively styled silencer with a black heat
shield that adds plenty of character to the styling
of the GP 800, and emphasises its elegant but sporting
The amazing performance of the GP 800’s V twin
engine have been achieved in full respect of the environment.
Emissions have been minimised by an advanced closed
loop injection system with Lambda oxygen sensor and
an exhaust with three-way catalytic converter. Fully
integrated control of the electronic ignition system
also ensures that the GP 800 conforms to strict Euro
The twin cylinder power plant has been designed,
developed and manufactured entirely in Pontedera,
the historical home of Piaggio and one of the world’s
most advanced engine development and production centres.
This engine is born from the challenge that the Piaggio
Group has taken on: to offer an ever more sophisticated
customer a product that guarantees performance, reliability
and safety while also leading the field in respect
for the environment.
A TRULY IMPRESSIVE CHASSIS
The Gilera GP 800’s double cradle frame has
been designed around the engine to embrace it and
convert its exuberant power into rigorous, precision
control. The frame is made from a tubular steel trellis
with steel reinforcement and strengthening plates.
Excellent torsional and flexural rigidity has been
built in at all stages of the development and road
testing process, to deliver an amazing sense of control.
The Gilera GP 800 corners like a sports motorcycle,
reaching angles of lean of 45° while still delivering
neutral handling and amazing road holding. The GP
800 holds the most precise lines through fast bends,
obeying rider input at all times without ever exceeding
performance limits. Absolute control is the result.
With its steering angle greater than the previous
version, the GP800 acquires manoeuvrability when starting
off and in city riding. The generous power of the
GP 800’s engine demands a superbly rigid chassis.
Simulations and road tests have demonstrated that
the GP 800 has a coefficient of stability at full
power similar to a motorcycle and almost twice as
high as a conventional scooter.
What truly stands out in the stationary view of the
GP 800 are the flexible coupling and the powerful
swingarm painted black to embellish the vehicle and
accentuate its lines. This impressive component symbolises
how the Piaggio Group has drawn on its experience
in motorcycle design in developing the amazing GP
800. The swingarm is in cast aluminium and is secured
directly to the side plates of the frame. It is damped
by suspension linkages that are dominated by a horizontally
mounted, lateral hydraulic monoshock absorber, adjustable
to seven different preload settings. Reduced unsuspended
mass and a generous 133 mm of rear wheel travel ensure
excellent suspension performance.
The front wheel fork, also in aluminium, is black
and has 41 mm stanchions. Once again, stability and
safety, even under harsh braking, are at a level never
previously found on any scooter.
The hollow five spoke wheels, 16” at the front
and 15” at the rear, are manufactured from aluminium
alloy in a lost core, gravity casting process to minimise
unsuspended mass and guarantee motorcycle-type precision
handling. Overall performance is also helped by standard
equipment radial tyres, 120/70 at the front and 160/60
at the rear.
The braking system is fitted in the front with Brembo
Gold Series double piston floating callipers and two
300 mm semi-floating steel discs, gold in colour.
In the rear, the double opposed piston floating calliper
interacts with a 280 mm steel disc, also in the shade
of gold. The brake pipes are covered with metal plait.
The adjustable 4-position levers are further proof
of the attention paid in designing the braking system.
The GP 800 is even equipped with a parking brake
operated by a practical lever on the right of the
The Gilera GP 800 amazes even when stationary. It
is a display of power, matchless technology, technical
and stylistic solutions that (also) seem to aim at
attracting admiring glances.
The body is totally innovative for a scooter. Alternating
concave and convex surfaces and a clever use of reflection
confers a unique sense of dynamism. The unique style
of the GP800 and its aggressive profile are accentuated
by the black paintwork of the plastic panels, which
previously were pigmented: This touch of sportiness
starts from the rear in the elegant shade of black,
and decorates the license plate holder and passenger
grab handles. It is a refinement of style that runs
along the entire length of the vehicle to invade the
main tunnel and then go up to cover all of the leg
shield back plate.The lower part of the handlebar
is the same colour as the vehicle, an embellishment
that the rider will totally enjoy.
Seen from the front, the GP 800 seems to divide
the air and attack the road. In contrast, the tail
is streamlined and slender, distinguished by graceful
air vents and terminating in an original double LED
tail light with obvious sporting pretensions.
The nose of the GP 800 is characterised by vertically
twinned headlights, a solution chosen to keep the
front streamlined and narrow. The smoke grey windshield
has been extensively tested in the wind tunnel and
is electrically adjustable from a handlebar switch
to optimise protection and air penetration to suit
the riding conditions.
The bodywork welcomes and protects the rider who
completes the symmetry of the design when seated.
The GP 800 reveals its exclusive style in the care
and attention lavished on every little detail, in
the very best Italian traditions. Nothing is left
to chance: from the exquisite sporty design of the
pressed aluminium handlebars and removable passenger
footrest platforms to the saddle upholstery materials,
which now takes in the extremely comfortable stabilus,
a saddle support system that makes it easier to open
the saddle and give it stability after it is lifted;
the reduced difference in height between the rider
and passenger's portions increases riding comfort
and vehicle control when riding in two.
The GP 800’s dashboard, which combines analogue
and digital instruments, is generous and elegant,
as a scooter of this class demands. The easy to read,
classical rev counter and speedometer are accompanied
by a fuel gauge. The LCD display incorporates a total
odometer, two trip counters and a clock, and displays
outside temperature, distance travelled on reserve,
a service LED and an engine coolant temperature gauge.
Information on the LCD display can be selected quickly
and easily from a mode button behind the right hand
Completing the instrument panel is a set of warning
lights for the following functions: turn indicators,
oil pressure, fuel reserve, high beam lights, injection
check, hazard light and parking brake engaged. A LED
in the middle of the speedometer flashes when the
electronic antitheft system with engine immobilizer